As Buddy the Elf put it best, "I just like to smile, smiling's my favorite." I feel the same way, Buddy. I really do.
We don't always feel like smiling. Sometimes it's hard and sometimes it's not even possible. But to me sometimes the simple act of smiling can turn my day around. I'm serious! Everyone has those days where you wake up and you just want to go back to sleep and do nothing else. So when I get to work and I'm feeling like crap, it takes every of self-control that I have to smile at that first person I see. But what happens when that person sees me smiling? 9 times out of 10, they smile back. And what happens when that person smiles at me? I now genuinely feel like smiling. I've just had a pleasant exchange with another human and I feel good about it.
There's always going to be that person that doesn't smile back, but I say give them a break and smile at the next person anyway. We can't see through a person's face to know what's going on in their heart. You've probably heard that smiling boosts your mood, but did you know that your body literally releases endorphins from smiling even if you're only forcing it? Smiling is so natural to us. Even blind babies who have never seen or felt a smile will smile on their own. Isn't that just amazing?
Anyway, I just wanted to share a big virtual smile with you all today. Hope everyone's day is the best day ever!